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Cook: "We Were Special."

26 February 2014

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook was full of praise for his squad after they ran out 4-1 winners over Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night.

Four goals in seven first half minutes from Dan Gardner, Eoin Doyle, Ollie Banks and Liam Cooper stunned the home side who couldn't find a way back into the game despite a 57th minute Byron Harrison strike that proved to be nothing more than a consolation. 

Discussing Chesterfield's relentless first half performance, Cook said: “We were special first half tonight, to come away from home and be as brave as we were in possession on a pitch that you can see is not easy, the players deserve great credit.

“It’s a good night for us tonight because you’ll always get a little bit of stick when you get beat, it’s how you react and bounce back. I’ve got great faith in the players and if you see some of the goals we scored tonight you can easily see why. 

The victory at Abbey Business Stadium was the perfect response to Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers that ended a Spireites six-game unbeaten run in the league.

“We really knuckled down, the lads came in Sunday morning and put a shift in," explained the manager before adding: "We studied Cheltenham, we worked on our game plan and we were terrific tonight.

“We were poor on Saturday, we took that on the chin. We go home tonight very happy but there’s a lot of hard work to do.”

Spireites captain Ian Evatt put in a commanding performance against Mark Yates' side, leading by example by making a number of crucial interceptions and vital tackles throughout the game. The centre-half's performance did not go unnoticed by Cook.

The Liverpudlian said: “I don’t often single praise out but tonight Ian Evatt was absolutely amazing. We had loads of good players tonight but I think a special mention goes to Ian because he had a lot of criticism when he first came back to the club.

“He was immense tonight, it was as good a centre-half performance as I’ve seen in my career and that’s a bit statement from someone like me.”

On Tuesday the Spireites boss saw his side earn a two-point lead at the top of the Sky Bet League 2 table and as the end of the season draws closer, Cook knows that Chesterfield are in a great position.

“We’re lucky because we’ve got a good squad, we’ve got good players, good support, good chairman, good chief executive. We’re in a good position aren’t we," claimed the gaffer.

“We’re top of the league, we’re at Wembley and all we’ve got to do is just keep our feet firmly on the ground and take the next game as the most important on in our lives.”

To watch the full post match interview, log on to Spireites Player.

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